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Extensive abuse of vulnerable women
is still going unrecognised
across the UK, and needs
to be urgently addressed.
A serious case review
following the sexual exploitation
of women in Newcastle warns
that the scale of the problem
still isn't acknowledged.
It continues, it carries on,
I would suggest, in most towns
and cities in the UK.
We'll have the latest
on the warnings from Newcastle.
Also this lunchtime...
Mistakes in prescribing
or administering drugs in the NHS
could cause 1700 deaths a year
in England, according
to a Government report.
The Florida school shooting -
an armed policeman on campus
has resigned, after it
emerged he didn't intervene
on the day 17 people died.
Royal Bank of Scotland,
largely owned by the taxpayer,
records its first annual profit
in a decade.
And crunch time in the curling
at the Winter Olympics -
Team GB's women are in action
in the semi-final against Sweden
Also in sport on BBC News, another
Olympic athlete from Russia failed a
drugs test but they do have a first
gold of the games in the figure
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News at One.
There's a warning that
vulnerable young women
are being abused across the UK -
and that the extent of the crimes
isn't yet recognised.
A serious case review has
been published following
which saw 18 people convicted
for exploiting girls in Newcastle
over a three-year period.
While today's report says police
and the council dealt
with that situation well,
it's calling on the Government
to address the issue
of adult vulnerability
as a matter of urgency.
Our correspondent Fiona
Trott is in Newcastle.
Today the victims of that sexual
exploitation in Newcastle received
an apology. The expert involved in
the review thanked them for coming
forward and said they were
profoundly sorry for what the girls
and women had suffered, and the fact
that women were involved in that
abuse has raised a new concern to
date. The report authors say the
extensive abuse of adults will be
happening across the UK but it is
going unnoticed. It is one of the
key issues raised as part of
A city coming to terms with
Sanctuary. The investigation may be
over but the report says sexual
exploitation still exists, and the
police know it. It is white takeaway
staff across this city are being
trained on how to spot potential
victims. Today, a warning to all
towns and cities across the UK, the
safeguarding of vulnerable adults
needs to be addressed as a matter of
It was a specific feature
of the Newcastle experience that it
was not just children who were
victims of sexual exploitation. What
I would like the Government to do is
have a really good look at the
learning that is now available about
abuse of adults with
On the streets,
victims were groomed by men mostly
from Pakistani, Indian and
Bangladeshi backgrounds. They were
given so many drugs and alcohol they
could not defend themselves against
sexual abuse. Their experiences are
included in the report.
seeing younger girls there being
raped. Schoolgirls in uniform with
their schoolbags coming from school.
I went constantly for the morning
after pill, to different places.
Vanessa, not her real name, was a
victim of sexual exploitation. To
protect her identity we have used an
I will see girls
begging on the street and a normal
man wearing a suit approaches them
for sex. I see that all the time.
The report says sexual exploitation
still exists, charities on the
ground tell us 14-year-old girls are
still being picked up by men in
Are you doing enough? We stop
it with the assistance of the public
so the first question to the people
who have seen that, did they
reported to the police? Did they
take the registration, get details
of the people? I would like to think
they are reporting it to us. It
would be naive and wrong for me to
suggest that because of Sanctuary,
and at the point the report is
published, that this is dropped and
that we have solved the problem. We
haven't. It continues, it carries
on, I would suggest, in most if not
all towns and cities in the UK.
that is why today's report said all
towns and cities should
automatically assume sexual
exploitation is happening on their
doorstep. Only then can it be
The report is also recommending
today that research is carried out
into perpetrators' backgrounds,
their cultural backgrounds, because
the report author, David Spicer,
went to visit one of the
perpetrators in prison and spoke
about a lack of morals in British
girls. A Government spokesman has
said it will now look carefully at
the recommendations of today's
Fiona Trott, thank you.
Mistakes when patients
are prescribed or administered drugs
could be the cause of 1700 deaths
a year in England,
and contribute to thousands more.
A report commissioned by ministers
says GPs, pharmacists,
hospitals and care homes could be
making millions of errors a year.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
says the system around medciation
has to be modernised,
but he's acknowledged that staffing
pressures are also a factor.
Here's our health editor, Hugh Pym.
The report covers mistakes
made in the prescribing,
dispensing and administering
of medication in England.
These could involve
GPs, pharmacists, care
homes and hospitals.
The research is said to be one
of the first exercises of its kind.
It found that medication errors
could cause around 1700 deaths
a year, and perhaps contribute to up
to 22,000 deaths.
The cost to the NHS could be around
£1.6 billion a year.
It does note that the vast majority
of prescriptions dispensed
in the NHS are safe,
and mistakes do occur
in all health care systems.
Shirley was admitted to hospital
last week with pneumonia.
While she was there she was
mistakenly given double the dose
of her regular epilepsy medication.
It was only spotted by her husband
after her condition got worse.
She was hallucinating,
she didn't know where she was.
I mean, she doesn't remember
what happened now, even today she's
still not clear on what happened,
her memory's still coming back
and she's still very
modelled from it all.
-- muddled from it all.
And I think it really
upset my grandad as well to see,
it was quite scary.
The Health and Social Care
Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,
said it was a far bigger problem
globally than had so far been
recognised, causing appalling
levels of harm and death.
This is not about blaming doctors,
nurses, pharmacists who work under
a huge amount of pressure,
but it's about putting checks
and balances in place
with e-prescribing systems
and making sure the culture is right
so that if someone does make
a mistake they're not criminalised
for it, but we can actually
learn from that mistake
and stop it being repeated.
Health unions said it was right
to try to reduce mistakes,
but said understaffing and pressure
of work was the real problem.
One of our real concerns is that
when we've got a time,
which we have at the moment,
when there's not enough staff,
that people are working not always
in the area that they're most
experienced, not with the same
people every day, not always
knowing the patients -
that is fraught with danger
in terms of safety.
The best thing is to have the right
knowledge, the right skills,
the right number of people
knowing your patient and actually
knowing what you're doing.
The National Pharmacy Association
said it welcomed the focus
on reducing medication errors,
but stressed that a culture
of learning rather
than blame was needed.
Hugh Pym, BBC News.
European Union leaders
are meeting in Brussels,
without Theresa May,
to discuss the EU's
future after Brexit.
Here, senior Cabinet ministers say
there was 'outbreak of unity'
at yesterday's crucial meeting
to discuss the UK's next steps.
The Prime Minister will give more
details in a speech next week.
Our Europe correspondent
Damian Grammaticas is at the EU
summit in Brussels.
Yes, it has been a busy day already
here so far for EU leaders. They
have had one meeting already this
morning with North African
countries, then they came across the
road and are now in discussions
about some of those issues the EU
will face after the UK leads, but of
course they are all waiting to hear
the outcome of those deliberations
at Chequers last night. The
president of the commission,
Jean-Claude Juncker, said to me he
would not comment until he has seen
the detail of what the UK has
In Brussels, a busy day of summits,
a crush of presidents and prime
ministers in town. An unusual sight,
the EU's top leaders walking from
one meeting to the next, but no UK
leader. The day after Theresa May
and her cabinet thrashed out that
approach to future ties, the EU
leaders are still waiting to hear
what the UK wants. But with this
It is not possible to be
aligned to the European Union when
it suits and not when it doesn't,
that is not possible. So I think the
United Kingdom really needs to
square that circle and it doesn't
appear to me that circle has yet
been squared but hopefully when the
Prime Minister speaks next week the
United Kingdom will be more clear
about what it wants in terms of the
new relationship, and will back that
up with real detail.
meeting the EU's 27 leaders are
starting to tackle some of the
tricky issues the UK's exit from the
union creates. The most contentious,
the hole left in the EU budget. At
least 10 billion new rosy year,
roughly 10% of current spending. So
the dilemma, will some countries pay
more or will some receive less? And
what to do about the UK's seats in
the European Parliament? 73 UK MEPs
will go, seats will be cut and some
we distributed to other countries.
But it is the money that will
provoke the biggest arguments. Some
don't want to see their payments go
up, Denmark is one.
Is your country prepared to pay more
Know, if I should keep
my answer short I should say no.
Britain leaving the EU will not make
any of us staying richer so I think
we should stay to the idea of
putting a limit or cap on our
Others, like Romania, don't
want to see what they receive go
There was a hole in the budget,
issue country prepared to accept
less and see cuts to spending?
know, if you listen to politicians
there is usually a hole in the
budget but finally things are
financed so if we want to finance
more, we have to pay more, it is
very simple. So this is just the
start of the arguments Brexit could
trigger among EU countries.
difficulties among themselves don't
for now mean any divisions in their
approach to negotiating with the UK.
And of course the EU countries are
keen to hear the outcome of the
Cabinet deliberations because those
will have a very important impact on
the discussions, the negotiations,
going forward. But if the
indications from what we are hearing
about what the Cabinet may have
agreed right, that the UK wants a
trade deal and are negotiating
better access on top of that, well,
the EU has already been very cold
about that idea, so that could be
something that is difficult to
achieve. It leaves open the
achieve. It leaves open the question
of what would happen in Ireland and
to the border there, that is still
unresolved as well, and unclear.
Very interesting, thank you, Damien
grammatical is in Brussels.
Let's talk about that with our
political correspondent, Iain
Watson. What is this sense of what
the Cabinet is thinking and saying?
And interesting juncture in all of
this? In a sense we are a week or
two early because this time next
week the Prime Minister will be
setting out her vision for our
future relationship with the
European Union, her big speech, but
as I understand it what emerged from
Chequers yesterday from eight hours
of discussions that the Cabinet's
subcommittee on Brexit decided by
and large have signed up
and large have signed up to a
recognition. What does that mean? It
means a swathe of areas, proposals
for the Government where we draw our
own rules and regulations after
Brexit and because they will be at
the same level or higher than the EU
then the Government believes trade
could continue unimpeded. As we
heard, though, from Damien, the EU
may take a different view when the
negotiations get under way. Another
potential spanner that might be put
in the Prime Minister's works
because to have a new customs
arrangement, for example, that would
affect the Irish border, she needs
to get her legislation through
Parliament and some people in her
own ranks, some Tory rebels, are
change that legislation to commit
the Government to staying in a
customs union with the EU, something
Theresa May does not want to do.
Meanwhile, Labour seem to be
changing their position, more
sympathetic to staying in a customs
union long-term. They could side
with those Tory rebels in the weeks
ahead and potentially inflict defeat
on the Government. Thank you, for
now, Iain Watson, at Westminster.
An armed policeman in Florida has
resigned from his job after a video
showed him standing outside
the school where 17 people were shot
dead by a former pupil last week.
Scott Peterson arrived 90 seconds
after the attack began -
but didn't go inside immediately
to confront the gunman.
Charlotte Gallagher reports.
There was chaos as pupils ran
to escape a gunman indiscriminately
shooting teachers and students
with an assault rifle.
The school's football coach,
who was shot dead, has been hailed
a hero for throwing himself in front
of a child to protect them.
Now it's emerged that an armed
police officer was at the high
school but stood outside
as the shooting took place.
Deputy Scot Peterson has resigned
after being suspended.
The area's sheriff said
Peterson should have acted.
Scot Peterson was absolutely
on-campus through this entire event.
He was armed, he was in uniform.
But what I saw was a deputy arrive
at the west side of building 12,
take up a position,
and he never went in.
As the funerals take place of the 17
victims of the shootings,
a fierce debate is raging about how
to stop another school massacre.
President Trump has
suggested arming teachers.
I think a concealed permit
for having teachers,
and letting people know
that there are people
in the building with a gun,
you won't have, in my opinion,
you won't have these shootings,
because these people are cowards.
His suggestion has been
condemned by many teachers,
who say the only way to stop
shootings in schools is to have
fewer guns, not more.
Charlotte Gallacher, BBC News.
A fourth British tourist has died
as a result of the helicopter crash
in the Grand Canyon nearly
a fortnight ago.
Jonathan Udall, who was in his 30s
and from Brighton, was on honeymoon.
His wife, Ellie Milward remains
in a critical condition in hospital,
along with another British woman
and the helicopter pilot.
Royal Bank of Scotland,
which is majority-owned
has recorded an annual profit
for the first time in a decade.
The bank made £752 million in 2017,
compared with a loss
of almost 7 billion the year before.
The bank's Chief Executive says it's
a really symbolic moment.
Our economics editor
Kamal Ahmed is with me.
Sounds positive, what do we read
into this? It is symbolic and good
that a bank we have a stake in has
made a profit for the first time in
ten years, this was a big global
But it has trained up its act to an
extent and sold a lot of foreign
businesses, now mostly focused on
the UK and Republic of Ireland, now
still there are big risks. Facing
fines in America for involvement in
the mortgage crisis, money to pay to
compensate small businesses here,
and the big question is, when will
the taxpayer get our money back, for
all of that money that we put into
the bank when it nearly went bust in
2008. A little bit earlier today I
spoke with the Chief Executive Ross
and put that question straight to
him. Yes they have put in 45 billion
but we are going to put in as much
so that we can get as much back for
the taxpayer as we possibly can.
This bank is a really good bang for
the UK, and how much money the
government gets back will depend
upon the market at the time.
could be years and years?
be, and when you are selling 70% of
a business, it will take a number of
years to come through.
The government itself has
said they want to start that process
in the fiscal year 2018/19, it will
take three to five years for them to
get down to a much smaller
So, better news today,
still lots of risks, and a long time
until we get our money back.
Our top story this lunchtime.
A report warns extensive abuse of
vulnerable women is still going
unrecognised across the UK - and
needs to be urgently addressed.
Still to come: a new warning about
tooth erosion, experts say it is not
just what we eat but how and when we
In sport, the draw has been made for
the last 16 of the Europa League,
the Arsenal have a difficult tie,
taking on Italian giants AC Milan.
The UN Security Council
will consider calls later today
for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria
to allow for badly needed
humanitarian aid deliveries.
There were more air strikes this
morning targeting the rebel held
area of eastern Ghouta,
which has been under
heavy bombardment since Sunday.
More than 400 people are reported
to have been killed.
Martin Patience reports.
There are some disturbing images in
this report, from neighbouring
Another frantic search for
survivors. An air strike has just
A child is brought out of the
burning building. But a woman is
trapped inside. They are struggling
to find her. Come down, come down,
they are shouting... They find her.
In another home, another rescue. But
for the dead, there is no peace
Even those burying a victim are
running for cover.
More than a million Syrians have
fled over the mountains, into
neighbouring Lebanon. We spoke to
one couple from Eastern Ghouta. He
and his wife did not want their
faces shown, fearing reprisals from
the Syrian government.
I last spoke to my
cousin three days ago, it was
terrible, he told me that they were
waiting to die. He asked me to for
give him, if I never heard from him
again. His little boy was killed, he
was just three and a half. I have
not heard from my cousin since.
plays me the last message he got
from his cousin.
They are destroying Ghouta, he says.
Please pray for us.
The value of the company that runs
the Snapchat messaging app,
has fallen by a
after the reality TV star
Kylie Jenner tweeted
that she doesn't use it anymore.
The app had a controversial
redesign last year.
Our Technology Correspondent
Remarkable what one comment can
The power of
celebrity, on all sorts of social
media services. Kylie Jenner, very
well-known reality star, as a huge
following on Snapchat and has 24
million Twitter followers, 20 people
saw her tweet. But have a look at
what a bombshell, because she was
one of its biggest supporters, it
has had this redesign. The shares
fell about 6% after them. You can
never actually link an event to a
share price movement in that way, it
did seem significant, but let's face
it, Snapchat shares are extremely
volatile, this is the company that
could grow to be huge, as big as
Facebook, by some reckoning, but
could evaporate within months,
according to others. Shares rose
earlier this month by 50% in one day
because it had some good figures
out. Now it is under pressure
because people are worrying about
the redesign which has not been
popular with a lot of users. There
has been a petition about it, a
million users have signed it. We can
expect shares to go up and down as
people change their mind every 15
minutes about whether or not it is
Sipping hot fruit teas and snacking
in between meals can
increase your chances
of tooth erosion.
That's according to scientists
at King's College London,
who say it's not just what we eat
but how and when we eat that
affects our dental health.
Catherine Burns reports.
just going to have a probe around
Back in the dentist chair,
even though she thought she looked
after her teeth well, she has tooth
erosion, Rachel had a bad habit she
did not even know about.
The way I
drink normally, especially if it is
flavoured, I drink it and hold it in
my mouth longer than the average
person I suppose, perhaps the taste,
something like that. Again, that
more exposure to my teeth, in my
mouth longer than just swallowing it
As vices ago it does not sound
so terrible but researchers say that
it is bad news for your teeth.
found that one in six people had
habits like sipping things really
slowly or sipping them around their
mouth, rinsing it around your mouth.
If you do this on a daily basis for
years and years you can cause
serious damage to your teeth and
that serious damage can mean that
your whole mouth needs to be
Treatment takes an average
of more than 20 months, at a cost of
£4500 on the NHS and almost £14,000
privately. It is preventable, mostly
by cutting back on acidic food and
drink, some things, like fruit, are
generally seen as the healthy option
but from a dental point of view they
can erode teeth. This report
mentioned adding lemon or lime to
your water, sugar free soft drinks,
ranking fruit teas and snacking on
fruit... Take these grapes, for
example, if you eat ten or 20 of
them in one sitting, that would be
one acid attack on your teeth, if
you eat the same amount over a
longer period of time, it would be a
sustained attack. Should people
scrap their five a day to protect
their teeth, is a resurgence say
that is the last thing they want.
The advice is to be aware of overall
eating patterns and to consider
snacks that are less acidic and high
A fresh doping case has overshadowed
the first gold medal for the Olympic
athletes from Russia at the Winter
Olympic Games in South Korea.
Elsewhere at the games Team GB's
women's curlers are in semi-final
action against Sweden,
victory will guarantee them
at least a silver medal.
But it seems that they are
David Ornstein is in Pyeongchang.
It does seem tense in the semifinal,
Britain up against it but going
to the wire, meanwhile, the day will
be remembered for the achievements
of a teenage female figure skater.
Is 15 years of age, the new star of
figure skating, dancing for a place
in sporting legend, the young
pretender, as they have called her,
Alina Zagitova, unbeaten in her
debut season, she now faces the
biggest test of all, leaving
competitors in a spin to stand on
the verge of greatness. Only one
skater could deny her, her
compatriot, training partner and
archrival, Evgenia Medvedeva, the
two-time reigning world champion
looked set for glory, but the judges
Heartbreak for Evgenia Medvedeva who
thought she had done enough.
Zagitova could rejoice, second
youngest figure skating champion in
Rigged the first gold medal of these
games for an athlete from Russia,
competing here as neutrals after the
country was found guilty of
state-sponsored doping, there are
national anthem and flag replaced by
the besieged of a record fifth medal
resumed in the curling arena,
traditionally a happy hunting
ground. Even your head, her team and
their supporters looking to at least
emulate the bronze medal won in the
Saatchi games four years ago but a
semifinal against Sweden beat them
in the groups would not be
straightforward and the
Scandinavians made the better start.
COMMENTATOR: That is out.
often comes down to the smallest
COMMENTATOR: That is out.
often comes down to the smallest of
margins, soon, a moment of Muirhead
brilliance, Britain were level,
three apiece at the half level.
done, even Muirhead! However, Sweden
regained momentum and raced into a
convincing lead, 8-3 up with three
ends to go.
British hopes resting on
ends to go.
British hopes resting on
In the last couple of minutes,
Britain's women have gone out, they
can still win a bronze medal and
that would make this most successful
ever Winter Olympics for the nation.
The IOC International Olympic
Committee have confirmed they have
received notification of a positive
drugs test for a Russian bobsleigh
athlete, and if proven, that will be
the second Russian to have tested
positive at these games, it has put
a cloud over the possible
reintegration, the lifting of the
ban, ahead of the closing ceremony
Residents of care homes regularly
enjoy special events - everything
from art lessons to magicians. But a
home in Dorset has tried something
rather different - when pole dancers
staged a display. Some people have
criticised the decision: but the
care home owners say the dancers
could be back. Here's Duncan
It is a long way from Sidoti, but
residents at this care home asked
for more modern entertainment and
this is what they got, and by all
accounts, they thoroughly enjoyed
it! -- sudoku. But the pole dancer
has sent some local councillors into
a spin, with one councillor saying
it is completely inappropriate.
Eyebrows raised, what did you make
of that? It wasn't unexpected!
Eleanor is the co-founder of the
company that provided the pole
dancers. A supple, seasons dancer
herself, she says, come on, it is
Yes, it is used to titillate,
all of this, that is OK, that is
fine, that it is more than just
that, it has gone beyond that now,
it is taking on its own life form,
just because it has a foundation
does not mean it has to stop there.
That open attitude is shared by the
care home itself, hearing Christ
Church, in a statement they have
said that all the pole dancers were
wearing gym kit and the residents,
some of whom have dementia, were
given the option of attending the
session. It said both residents and
relatives are happy with what
happened. The home also says pole
dancing could become an Olympic
sport. But do others think it is
right for elderly residents?
it is quite a good idea, why not, I
have worked in old people's homes,
and I think they should do what they
want, really! Why not, enjoy
themselves while they can!
think, why didn't they opt for a
different type of dance, but there
is a stigma over Paul Downton, is it
good or bad. Your view? Undecided!
-- there is a stigma over pole
This may have produced an
outpouring of reaction in some
parts, but the care home says it is
now up for inviting the Pole
Time for the weather forecast.
Sunshine we will keep through the
weekend, on the strength of the
wind, bitterly cold, as we go into
next week, things turn colder.
Increasing chance that some of us
could see snow, but back to the here
and now, whether into the next week
is dominated by this area of high
pressure over Scandinavia, feeding
in the cold air all the way from the
Arctic, honest lengthening east
south-easterly wind, pushing in more
clout across parts of North
Easington, Southern clout across
south-west England and Northern
Ireland, elsewhere, good deal of
sunshine. The thermometer may read
four to seven Celsius, it will feel
colder than that. The wind will
continue to push in more clout
across parts of north-east England
and Anglia overnight, not quite as
cold as it was, lire skies elsewhere
and these blue colours show how low
temperatures will get, -2, -3, a few
cold spots perhaps down to minus
five. Cold frosty start to the day
tomorrow, good deal of sunshine for
much of the country. Some
exceptions, Northern Ireland, seeing
clout, eastern parts of Scotland,
again, given the strength of the
win, although the thermometer me
read four to seven Celsius, it will
feel colder. Tomorrow evening and
night, another cold one, mainly
clear skies. More clout feeding into
eastern parts of Scotland and
northern England. -- cloud.
Temperatures down to -2, minus
three. We do it all again on Sunday,
a cold, frosty start but for many, a
good deal of sunshine, more in the
way of sunshine for Northern Ireland
and south-east England. A chance of
wintry flurries for northern parts
of Scotland and England. -- eastern
parts of Scotland. Brisk and gusty
easterly wind, coming, in places it
will feel like -2 or three degrees,
had eagerly across parts of East
Anglia. -- -2 or minus three
degrees. Staying in the cold air,
still feeding in the cold east or
north-easterly. In that set up,
increasing chance that we could see
some snow next week. --